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Military Spouse Benefits

The military lifestyle can be an exciting adventure for spouses as long as you're prepared. Being prepared includes knowing your military spouse benefits — and where to find them — as you navigate your way through the military community.

Getting the help you’re entitled to

  • If you’re new to military life, there’s lots of information to take in. It’s important to know what benefits you’re entitled to. From healthcare options to properly registering your vehicle, following these tips can help make your life easier along the way:
    • Obtain a copy of your marriage certificate.
    • Get a military identification card from the ID card facility.
    • Memorize your spouse’s Social Security number.
    • Learn to read your spouse’s leave and earnings statement. Visit Department of Defense Military Compensation or Defense Finance and Accounting Service to learn more.
    • Visit your Military and Family Support Center and ask about the new-spouse orientation program.

Employee benefits from a military spouse perspective

  • Employee benefits can really add up when you look beyond the paycheck. As a military spouse, some benefits might be extremely attractive, and some might be useful for negotiating a little more. Visit the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities website for help navigating the world of employee benefits.

Know your MWR program

  • No matter what season it is, it’s always time to check out your Morale, Welfare and Recreation program. Get tickets to an amusement park, participate in a fitness program or check out one of the libraries. Those are just a few benefits of MWR. There are lots of ways to relax, have fun and connect with others:
    • Fitness, aquatics and sports programs
    • Boating programs, bowling centers and golf courses
    • Individual skills development programs
    • Libraries
    • Information, Tickets and Travel
    • Outdoor recreation programs
  • For information about your local MWR program, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS.

Get the proper healthcare

Dependents Education Assistance Program

What to consider when your relationship might be in trouble

Widowed military spouses will always have a place in the military community

  • As a military widow or widower, you’ll always be a part of the military network, just as your spouse’s service to our country will never be forgotten. You can always reach out to the community for assistance with survivor benefits, financial counseling, connecting to support networks and locating community resources.

Make sure you get the benefits you’re entitled to as a military spouse.